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    Question focus distance - various settings -Canon PS SX10 IS

    I have a Canon Powershot SX10 IS & I need some help in regards to focus distance with my lens. in Manual focus it is difficult to see that the object in the LCD is in focus, so it would be helpful to know the closest focus distance achievable & the infinity distance for various settings from 28mm to 560mm for the camera lens.
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    Why are you manually focusing?
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    Default focus distance

    I want to set the manual focus myself to be sure the object is is focus & not the background i.e. birds at a feeder - backgrounds that I am shooting do not have enough contrast & I dont care if the background is blurred
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    The AF system on the SX10is is quite good. While there are reasons to manually focus, I think you've got them wrong.
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    Sadly, on most P&S cameras, Manual Focus actually gives you less accuracy than using the AF system.

    What you probably want to do is to turn face detection off, and learn to control your AF points. Look at page 118 of your manual. You can change the AF frame mode to "center". So that you always use the center AF point. Aim the center point on your subject, half-press, until you get the green-box confirmation. Then, keeping the shutter button half-pressed, compose your frame, and then take the picture.

    You could also use FlexiZone, but I find that to be a bit more of a PITA, than the halfpress/recompose method. You could also consider using the focus bracketing feature (p.130).
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